Get Help with Work-Life Balance. Win a Personal Assistant and Hotel Stay!

by Melanie Edwards on April 2, 2010 · 125 comments

in Giveaways, viernes social

Viernes Social at ModernMami.comDisclosure: In conjunction with hosting this giveaway, I will receive two months of personal assistant service from TaskUs.com and a 2-night stay at Hyatt Place.

What does every busy working parent need? Besides more sleep, of course – that’s not something I can help you with.

Take another guess. Go ahead….give up? Oh ok.

Personal assistant. Am I right?

I know there’s been many times I’ve said, “If only I had a personal assistant to…” – you fill in the blank. From keeping up with work, the house, finances, our families, and the many many responsibilities we have every day, maintaining your sanity can be hard at times. We work hard to achieve work-life balance in our lives and we need every little bit of help we can get. In fact, a recent national study conducted by Hyatt Place found that the number of Americans struggling with work-life balance has nearly doubled to 71% since 2006.

It seems that one of the reasons we’re having a harder time finding our balance is that we’re no longer splitting up our various roles. The average 2010 American is instead multitasking all day, every day. Some interesting stats from the study:

  • 83% of Americans said they often take care of work matters from home
  • 59% stated that they often handle personal matters at work
  • 62% of respondents said they are constantly multitasking
  • On average, someone working from home is doing five tasks simultaneously

Sound familiar?

To help with your busy multitasking life, Hyatt Place is currently giving away 2 months of virtual personal assistant service to 20 people. The service will be provided by TaskUs.com and you can enter through April 9.

But, you can enter for an even better giveaway right here. In addition to the 2 months of virtual assistance, you can also win a 2-night stay at a Hyatt Place hotel of your choice. Oh, and, two of you will win!

Giveaway

Two readers will win a 2-night Hyatt Place hotel stay and 2 months virtual personal assistant service from TaskUs.com

How to Enter

If you’d like to enter this contest for a 2-night stay/2 months service package, simply leave a comment below and tell us why you need a personal assistant.

For extra entries:

  1. Tweet about this contest with a link back to this post and include @modernmami in your tweet. You must leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet for your entry to count.
  2. Become a fan of ModernMami.com on Facebook and leave a comment on this post with your Facebook name.
  3. Subscribe to this blog via email and leave a comment with the email you used to subscribe. (You can use the email field to do this instead of putting your email in the comment if you prefer.)
  4. Subscribe on friendfeed and leave a comment with your friendfeed ID.
  5. Write a blog post on your own blog sharing with your readers why you need a personal assistant and make sure to link back to this contest page in your post. Leave a comment with your post link.

All entries must be in by Wednesday, April 7 at 11:59 pm EST. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winners will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.

Additional Contest Information

  • There are no blackout dates for the Hyatt Place hotel stay.
  • The TaskUs.com personal assistant service hours must be used by August.
  • Official rules for the nationwide Hyatt Place sweepstakes can be found on the contest website.
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1 sazzyfrazz April 2, 2010 at 3:16 am

I need a personal assistant because I always feel stressed out trying to remember and accomplish all of the things that get done. I constantly feel on edge because I just can't get things done.
sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

2 sazzyfrazz April 2, 2010 at 3:27 am

I'm a fan of ModernMami.com on Facebook! (Henria O.)
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3 sazzyfrazz April 2, 2010 at 3:27 am

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4 missbritt April 2, 2010 at 6:33 am

This is an AWESOME contest.

I would use a virtual assistant to manage my work emails, I think. Actually, I'm not really familiar with how a virtual assistant works. My fantasy assistant takes my clothes to the drycleaner – which I've never actually done myself.

5 Reem Abeidoh April 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

I need a personal assistant because I only got married 6 months ago and I haven't spent any time with my new husband. Why? Because I am always working. If I am not working, I am traveling. I need HELP!

6 pchanner April 2, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I really need a personal assistant to help handle our family finances. Husband and I are going to be tackling our family budget for the first time since we started our new jobs. I don't know, I just don't think we are equiped to handle such a task. We have some many hopes and plans for our future and want to make sure we are saving and spending wisely.

Oh and we could really use a quick romantic getaway, it's been quite a while since we have had one.

7 kia April 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I'm gonna have a baby soon and will be too busy with the little one to work on some personal projects. A virtual assistant would be great for research and report writing. I also want to check out the Santa Fe, NM Hyatt Place when it opens in June.

8 Susan Wenner Jackson April 3, 2010 at 6:29 am

I started my own home-based writing business last fall, and blog for several different outlets. There's a lot of email and paperwork that I never seem to get to! I'd love a VA to help me out with some of those tasks, to help me keep on top of things. Wouldn't mind a little weekend away from the stress, either …

9 Susan Wenner Jackson April 3, 2010 at 6:31 am
10 Stephanie V. April 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Oh where to begin. Tired mummy, tired consultant worker bee, 3 children = little time to organize. help please!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

11 Heather H April 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm

I need a personal assistant because life is hard when you are a single mother, who works full-time, goes to graduate school part-time and then has to come home and try to supplement my income online by doing various part-time jobs.

12 NYCSingleMom April 4, 2010 at 6:42 am

I am single mom who is currently unemployed engaged in a job search while managing two sites http://www.newyorkcitysinglemom.com and http//www.nycsinglemomreviews.com, contributing writer to three other sites. I would use an assistant to not only manage my writing calendar, job search follow up emails/setting up appointments but setting up personal appointments.

13 caroldz April 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

I need a personal assistant because I juggle many balls in the air….four kids, a grandchild, husband, jobs, and a house to run.

14 caroldz April 4, 2010 at 6:43 am
15 caroldz April 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

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RT @modernmami What would u use a virtual personal assistant for? enter to win personal asst & hotel stay! http://om.ly/hiXh #WorkLife

19 Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) April 4, 2010 at 7:10 am

Especially after tax season, it is obvious to me that I could use some help with keeping track of finances. Some personal assistance would be great!

20 mverno April 4, 2010 at 9:35 am

because i work hard all day and need to have help to get things done mverno@roadrunner.com

21 jmcharries April 4, 2010 at 10:16 am

I am a full time student in addition to full time wife with lots of things to do for both of those!! It would be great to have help organizing all of my tasks to be more efficient maybe even get a little free time!

22 jmcharries April 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

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23 jmcharries April 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

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24 llinda29 April 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

I don't know if I need it but I want to try it

25 Holly April 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I need a personal assistant to help balance home, work and personal workout time.

26 Holly April 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm
27 Holly April 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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28 Holly April 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

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29 Holly April 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I wrote why I need a personal assistant, but don't see it in these posts? I'll write it again
I need a personal assistant to help balance my work, home and workout time for me 🙂

30 Christie April 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I need a personal assistant because with full time job, grad school, youth leader, aging grandparents needing care, and more, I often forget about the little things like bills and taxes 🙂

31 Katie {FrugalFemina} April 4, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I need a personal assistant b/c I'm in my last semester of nursing school and can use all the help I can get!

32 Sharon Mostyn April 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I need a personal assistant because my kids are involved in 2 sports teams each, plus I'm working full-time, trying to keep up with the shopping, finances, cooking, & cleaning at home, plus working on my blog…so I'd very happily accept help with any of the above so that I can spend more time with my family instead of handling the more mundane tasks of everyday life.

33 Sharon Mostyn April 4, 2010 at 10:19 pm
34 Rosie April 4, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I need a personal assistant because I'm a single mother with no help whatsoever from anyone. I cook, I clean, I do the laundry, I pay the bills, I balance the checkbook, I shop, I drive, I work. Things can get pretty hectic and it would be nice to have a little assistance and a nice weekend staying at a Hyatt Place hotel.

35 CoffeeJitters (Judy Haley) April 5, 2010 at 1:40 am

well… since I was diagnosed with breast cancer things have gotten a little out of control with keeping up with all of our paperwork – we're both college students with no income other than student loans so we have to file for financial assistance for everything from medical care to electricity to keep the lights on and each application takes a boatload of paperwork that has to be kept up. And I'd like to be able to spend a little more quality time with my baby girl and husband.

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39 Holly April 5, 2010 at 10:36 am
40 dheydrick April 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I'd love to win this for my wife, Debbie. A personal assistant would be heaven sent for her, even for just a short period of time. Thanks for the contest. I hope I win.

41 gmmerrell April 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I am a full time student in addition to being a wife and having friends. It would be so awesome to have help organizing my stuff to be able to get things done in an orderly fashion!

42 Gena April 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

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43 Gena April 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

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44 Amy April 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I desperately need a personal assistant because I work for myself and have no employees which means I spend all day every day maintaining my business and in the meantime my home obligations suffer!

45 Amy April 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm
46 Amy April 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

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47 Amy April 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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48 Trina April 5, 2010 at 9:57 pm

My husband and I are trying to start a business in addition to him having a very demanding full-time job, it would be great to have a virtual assistant to help with some database entry/editing an also to do some researching for us.

49 kareng78 April 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

I need a personal assistant because I have both a teenager and a 2 year old! And I work full time as a teacher 🙂 I am surrounded by kids and people asking me to do things for them constantly! It'd be nice for someone to do something for me instead 🙂

50 kareng78 April 6, 2010 at 10:38 am

I am now following you via email 🙂

51 Caroline April 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

I need a personal assistant because I am the mother of four children, and I own a business!! Yikes!

52 sherryeckman April 6, 2010 at 11:35 am

I need a personal assistant to give me more time to focus on what is really important..family..and we would have the time to go to the Hyatt, due to the virtual personal assistant to schedule and organize my daily life!

53 Haydensmommy05 April 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I get so frazzled with everyday life trying to balane everything sometimes makes me feel like sitting in the middle of the house and just crying so if I could get a personal assitant for two whole months ohhhh boy I would be able to feel like I am just running in circles!!

54 Haydensmommy05 April 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm
55 Haydensmommy05 April 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm

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56 Haydensmommy05 April 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm

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57 Haydensmommy05 April 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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58 Holly April 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

dt
@modernmami is giving away 2 of this cool combo: 2 nights at Hyatt Place, 2 months of virtual assistant. Sounds great! http://ow.ly/1uiyU

59 Holly April 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm

whoops, forgot to put in link for tweet- here it is
http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/11714879087

60 Lauren April 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I need a personal assistant to help me book travel, travel and more travel!

61 katymorris April 6, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Wow! This IS an amazing giveaway!!!

I need a personal assistant because I just started a blog- and you know how crazy that can be, right? I need help with social media and also with general graphics and layout.

Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!!! 🙂

62 katymorris April 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I just Tweeted about this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/katygmorris/status/11721573481

Thanks!!! 🙂

63 katymorris April 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I'm an email subscriber (confirmed).

Thanks!!! 🙂

64 katymorris April 6, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I jsut subscribed on friendfeed as katygmorris.

Thanks!!! 🙂

65 steph April 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I need a personal assistant because I'm planning my wedding while I finish my masters and work FT!!

66 nesta67 April 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I really need the assistant because I run my own small business and am swamped with tasks that I could easily hand off to an assistant!

67 nesta67 April 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm
68 Janis @ Sneak Peek April 6, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Oh where do I begin? I say this weekly: I'm Austin's personal assistant, but where's mine? Having a child with special medical needs means our life is beyond BUSY!!

69 Janis @ Sneak Peek April 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm
70 singermagic1 April 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I need a personal assistant to send out some letters and fill out some court papers,

71 shawnaobrien April 6, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I need a personal assistant because there is just not enough time in the day to get all the things done that I need to get done, so I need some help. I work full-time plus at my job as Admnistrator over 2 care homes. I'm literaly on call 24/7 and I do get calls 24/7. On top of that, I'm a mom of 2 young boys ages 6 and 3. My 3 year old is special needs and has a lot of therapy appointments that he goes to during the week. Does not leave me much time to do my personal business like paying bills, cutting coupons, grocery shopping and so forth. The TaskUs.com personal assistant would be something that I would love to take advantage of, especially to help me complete my list of to do items that I never seem to get to such as planning a Summer vacation, updating my resume, job searching, selling some stuff I have that I don't use any more and starting a blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

72 shawnaobrien April 6, 2010 at 10:44 pm
73 shawnaobrien April 6, 2010 at 10:45 pm

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74 shawnaobrien April 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm

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75 Jay F. April 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

I need an assistant because my better half tends to treat me like the hired help.

76 amanda April 7, 2010 at 4:15 am

i need an assistant because with a three month old i never get anything done on time, and it's starting to become a hassle!

akarau27@gmail.com

77 jengersch April 7, 2010 at 4:20 am

i need a personal assistanct because my mind is frazzeld

78 jengersch April 7, 2010 at 4:21 am

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79 msokoloff April 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

If only I had a personal assistant to take care of all the nonsense of buying a house and moving!

80 mom2nji April 7, 2010 at 8:46 am

I thankfully do not have to balance work and motherhood, but I am balancing college and family. I would love a virtual personal assistant to help me keep track assignments for my classes (oh like the paper I have due on Monday, and totally forgot about), remember meetings with the kids teachers, days I volunteered to help out in a class or make a special snack.

81 mom2nji April 7, 2010 at 8:49 am
82 mom2nji April 7, 2010 at 8:51 am

I am already a fan of your facebook page! Jenni Barrett Williams

83 misslori April 7, 2010 at 8:54 am
84 Denisse April 7, 2010 at 9:05 am

I would love to have a virtual personal assistant to help me with all the new projects I have in mind but never have the time to develop!

Thank you so much!

85 Denisse April 7, 2010 at 9:12 am
86 modernmami April 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Congratulations chica!!!! You won! 😀

87 Denisse April 7, 2010 at 9:12 am

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88 Denisse April 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

I don't know if my previous comment showed up; I need a virtual personal assistant to help me with work so I can focus on my new projects 🙂

89 Kate April 7, 2010 at 10:17 am

My motto is, “My life is bigger than my brain.” I'm a personal assistant (ironically) during the day to a manager of the Chicago courthouse. By night, I'm an actor and company manager of a non-equity theatre house. I'm trying to keep up on all the auditions in the area, maintaining my theatre ensemble's schedule, maintaining my boss' schedule, Oh, and scheduling my wedding. Did I mention that?

I'm exhausted. I could use some help. Not to mention a nice stay at the Hyatt.

90 Kate April 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

I became a fan of modernmami.com!

91 susan April 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

I have so much goin on in my life and this would ease things a bit. It would be great!

92 Holly April 7, 2010 at 10:31 am
93 jodiweiser April 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

I work two jobs, go to school full time and have a husband and two teenagers. Enough said! hahaha
Blessings,
Jodi

94 jennem April 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

I'm constantly juggling work, parenthood, and “everything else.” This would take care of the “everything else.”
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

95 Shelley April 7, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I have twin boys with special needs that just turned 18. It's been a long journey. I could use assistance with all of the appointments they have been having including social security, lawyers & court dates for guardianship, neurosurgeons, back surgeons, neurologists & all of their special olympics events: track, swimming, basketball, tennis, bowling. Whew they keep me busy. Thanks

96 hasdad62 April 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I have a chronically ill 15 yr. old daughter who always wants more help than I can give!

97 purehrt5 April 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I am a single mom, and I work full time and volunteer, I need this assistant lol

98 misslori April 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Today is a perfect example of why I desperately need a virtual assistant. I have been tethered to my chair most of the day.

With every concert that I perform I have 20-30 people sign up to receive emails notices from Miss Lori's CAMPUS. I still haven't had time to input all of the ames form the 60 concerts I did last SUmmer alone! Plus I am writing a book for parents and a children's series fro kids. I have dictated some of my work, but need to have the notes transcribed. Not to mention all of the videos I have that need to be posted. Yikes. This one woman band needs a horn section!

And when all that is done what I wouldn't give to have a glorious Hyatt hotel room to melt into and relax. It would be a new concept for me, but I think I could get into it.

SMILE On!

ML
http://www.MissLorisCAMPUS.com

99 misslori April 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Hey, I'm a fan of Modermami!

SMILE On!

ML
Lori Holton Nash

100 Miss Lori April 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I just subscribed via email.

SMILE!

ML

Can you tell I am desperate for a virtual assistant. 🙂

101 lilshuga2001 April 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I am way to stressed out having to deal with a brother who is in remission from leukemia – so hard all by myself! I just wanna break!!

102 lilshuga2001 April 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Subscriber!

103 merrielockwood April 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I need a personal assistant because I am so unorganized that I can't seem to get my personal life together. A personal assistant could help me get things back in control. 🙂

104 merrielockwood April 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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106 merrielockwood April 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

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107 carol y l April 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I need this because I need help with my emails and also finding information of things I need .

108 carol y l April 7, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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110 Alto April 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I need a personal assistant because last week, I:

* forgot my daughter's 6-year pediatrician checkup
* woke up at 3 am worried about all the things on my to-do list – and couldn't get back to sleep
* got in fight with my husband because of all the piles of dirty laundry in the hamper

Oh, wait, I guess a virtual assistant wouldn't help wtih the laundry. At least I'd get help with #1 and #2!

111 Ms. Latina April 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm

As a single mom of two boys, ages 15 and 9, I need a personal assistant to help me keep track of my blog events, school event, family events and life! Having an assistant would allow me to get a good night's sleep. Ahhhhh a good nights sleep…just thinking of it makes me feel like I need to get to bed LOL

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Email: MsLatina (AT) latinaonamission.com
Twitter: @MsLatina

112 prizehound7 April 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Why I need a personal assistant: I would like to start a business, and a TaskUs.com personal assistant would be in a far better position to compile Research & Reports than I, right now.

prizehound7@yahoo.com

113 garrettsambo April 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I need a personal assistant because i have my hands full with my job and my responsibilities at home. garrettsambo@aol.com

114 dvice April 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I could use one to get organized

115 heather c April 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I've been meaning to set up my blog, but I don't have time to figure out a list of things to add. This would go a long way in figuring out my to-do list!

116 heather c April 7, 2010 at 10:52 pm
117 Sharon Fairlcough April 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I need a personal assistance because I am teacher and as the year comes to a close their are so many things I am trying to juggle and finish. I am so busy making sure everything is taken care of I usually miss enjoying the event. Thanks for the giveaway

118 lilyk April 8, 2010 at 2:20 am

I need a personal assistant because I have a very hectic schedule.

lilyk@mail2world.com

119 lilyk April 8, 2010 at 2:21 am

I became your Facebook fan under the name Lily Kwan/likwan.

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120 lilyk April 8, 2010 at 2:21 am

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121 lilyk April 8, 2010 at 3:20 am

I need a personal assistant because I have a very hectic schedule.

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122 lilyk April 8, 2010 at 3:21 am

I became your Facebook fan under the name Lily Kwan/likwan.

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